End of Life Care Charities highlight failings in care for dying people

Date: 
26 February 2016
A coalition of seven end of life care charities, including the National Council for Palliative Care, has issued a report highlighting widespread failures in care for dying people. The report found that in the last year an estimated 48,000 people in England experienced poor care in the last 3 months of their life. Claire Henry, CEO of the NCPC said:

“This study confirms that good quality end of life care is not yet available across the UK. We know what needs to be done: we have great examples of best practice that need to be shared; great resources developed by us and our partners to support those working in end of life care; and many dedicated staff and volunteers doing what they can. The pieces are in place, and the time has come for action. We need our politicians to commit their support to the findings of the End of Life Care choices review. The time for reports has past; it is now time for action.”

Claire Henry, CEO of NCPC/Dying Matters, chaired the independent review into choices in end of life care commissioned by the government. It was published in February 2015, and sets out a series of recommendations to improve end of life care. The review board, chaired by Claire Henry, was made up of palliative care practitioners, charity and patient representatives. You can find a full copy of the report here: http://www.ncpc.org.uk/choice-review-final-report

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